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very first thing to know about buying skis.

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this has probably been discussed a million times before, but seeing that the search function isn't all the functional at the moment, i thought i might take advantage of that and start my own thread.

 

i have no knowledge on skis at all. can someone give me some sort of insight on them? i plan to buy a pair of skis sometime soon. for me, i think any information would be useful/helpful. thanks in advance.

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Some insight, quite frankly there aren't too many "bad" skis made.  The quality of design and production these days means that there are a lot of good skis.  Don't worry about manufacturer, or what your buddy has or what everyone says is the ski you must get.  Get the ski that matches a) your level, b) your budget, c) the terrain you're going to ski.

 

If you're skiing on the east coast you don't need anything wide.  If you're skiing in the west you'll probably get a wider ski.  Go into a couple of shops, talk to a few different folks there.  Do talk to you friends and get their input then go have fun on your new skis

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Like skierhj said most skis are pretty good nowadays, as long as you can figure out what level you ski at, where you will primarily be skiing, and what type of skiing you will be doing, you are afforded the luxury of deciding by price and appearance....seriously.

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Another great route for you is demo skis. If you demo different skis this year, at year's end, you should be able to pick up a great deal on the brand and model of ski you liked the best.

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Try not to get confused with the amount of ski specialization, you don't need a different ski for every day you go skiing. Think about what you like to ski, think about what you actually spend the majority of your ski days skiing then honestly asses your ability level now and where you expect to get to while owning this new ski.

 

That should narrow down your choices and start to zero you in on a 'price range', Expert skis cost more than Intermediate skis which cost more than Novice skis... it's not a bad idea to buy a level above where you currently are, but letting your ego get in the way of reality and you'll over pay for a ski that won't be as fun as it could be.

 

Epicski is a great tool, there is plenty of opinions available here, there are many many skiers who have tried and/or owned almost any ski that you'll find. A little time spent reading about them will give you a decent idea of how others feel... that's good, but YOU are the only person that needs to love your new ski.

 

Demoing is the best way to figure out what you like, the problem is most 'Demo Centers' concentrate on the highest performance skis, you probably won't fing too many 'package skis' to demo, these are what most intermediate level value skis are refered to as. If you demo, try a few different brands, see what you like (and don't like) then try some different widths, see what you think. Keep a record of Brand/ Model/ Length and impression. Take this info and find the best ski for the best price for YOU.

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Originally Posted by mitch236 View Post

Another great route for you is demo skis. If you demo different skis this year, at year's end, you should be able to pick up a great deal on the brand and model of ski you liked the best.

 

Great suggestion, but not always easily accomplished.


Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

Like skierhj said most skis are pretty good nowadays, as long as you can figure out what level you ski at, where you will primarily be skiing, and what type of skiing you will be doing, you are afforded the luxury of deciding by price and appearance....seriously.

 

That is pretty close to the truth with a bit of research done. I have never demoed skis, but by researching on the internet, I always find 2-3 pairs a year I want, that I usually buy between the end of Feb thru June and end up getting a smokin deal on.

I also live on various boards, so I read all the ski reviews as posted

 

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